Season Coldest vs All-Time Coldest

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This morning’s low temperature at the Lubbock airport was the second lowest of the season so far, and the coldest in nearly two months. By the way, today is the anniversary of the coldest temperature on record for Lubbock: 17 degrees BELOW ZERO (8 February 1933). Read on for the ranking of this season’s coldest temperatures.

The lowest temperature of the season to date is 11° on December 9, following the 10-inch snowfall the day before. The coldest temperatures typically happen on mornings when there are at least several inches of snow on the ground, the sky was clear much or all of the night before, and the wind was light for quite a few hours leading up to and right around sunrise. Today's low (reported so far at the Lubbock airport) is 12°, measured briefly around 7:25 to 7:30 AM.

Season's Coldest:

11° 12/09

12° 02/08 Today

14° 12/10

17° 12/08

17° 01/26

18° 01/25

19° 01/23

19° 02/07*

February's Coldest:

12° 02/08 Today

19° 02/07 Thursday*

January’s Coldest:

17° 01/26

18° 01/25

18° 01/29

19° 01/23

20° 01/01

December's Coldest:

11° 12/09

14° 12/10

17° 12/08

Sub-zero wind chills occurred this morning over the northern half (or so) of the KCBD viewing area. While notable, minus 40 to minus 60 wind chills occurred over the far northern US in and around northeastern Montana, North Dakota, northern South Dakota, and the western half (or so) of Minnesota this morning.

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Locally, wind chills will run in the 20s this afternoon with temperatures in the 30s. Soon after sunset wind chill readings will fall into the teens. Thankfully, wind speeds will gradually drop off overnight, so Lubbock-area wind chills should for the most part remain in the teens. Not the single-digits of last night and this morning.

The cold will linger through Saturday night, with considerable cloud cover and a breezy Saturday afternoon. Warmer air returns Sunday afternoon, but much more so Monday afternoon. As I've noted before, this time of year, for much above average temperatures we pay a price in wind and dust.

Precipitation? I still can find little chance of precipitation and no chance of meaningful precipitation through the period covered in our forecasts here. Those forecasts, including our Hourly and 10-Day, are available 24-7 here and in our free Weather App. Download it here:

Lubbock’s low yesterday was 19°*, ten degrees below the average for the date. The high was 48°, nine degrees below the average for the date. The February 7 record low is minus 3° (1933) and the record high 84° (1918 and 2015). For today, February 8, Lubbock’s average low is 29° and the high 57°. The record low is minus 17° (1933) and the record high 83° (1951).

Today's sunset in Lubbock will be at 6:25 PM CST and tomorrow's sunrise at 7:37 AM CST.

On This Date

7, 1986: The worst winter storm of the '85-'86 season hammered the South Plains and TX Panhandle from Friday the 7th through early Monday the 10th. Snow accumulations ranged from 3 to 15 inches, with the heaviest in the Panhandle from southwest to north of Amarillo. Lubbock recorded a snow depth of 7 inches by the 10th. Besides the snow, periods of sleet, freezing rain and freezing drizzle, and dense fog compounded travel problems and snow removal efforts.

On This Date is compiled from the records of the National Weather Service and Caprock Weather as well as data from KCBD.

*The automated weather station at the Lubbock airport reported 19° several times, but the official climate summary reports the low for the date as 20°.

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